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Decision-Making under Ambiguity Is Modulated by Visual Framing, but Not by Motor vs. Non-Motor Context: Experiments and an Information-Theoretic Ambiguity Model

Grau-Moya, J, Ortega, PA, Braun, DA

PLoS ONE, 11(4):1-21, April 2016 (article)

Abstract
A number of recent studies have investigated differences in human choice behavior depending on task framing, especially comparing economic decision-making to choice behavior in equivalent sensorimotor tasks. Here we test whether decision-making under ambiguity exhibits effects of task framing in motor vs. non-motor context. In a first experiment, we designed an experience-based urn task with varying degrees of ambiguity and an equivalent motor task where subjects chose between hitting partially occluded targets. In a second experiment, we controlled for the different stimulus design in the two tasks by introducing an urn task with bar stimuli matching those in the motor task. We found ambiguity attitudes to be mainly influenced by stimulus design. In particular, we found that the same subjects tended to be ambiguity-preferring when choosing between ambiguous bar stimuli, but ambiguity-avoiding when choosing between ambiguous urn sample stimuli. In contrast, subjects’ choice pattern was not affected by changing from a target hitting task to a non-motor context when keeping the stimulus design unchanged. In both tasks subjects’ choice behavior was continuously modulated by the degree of ambiguity. We show that this modulation of behavior can be explained by an information-theoretic model of ambiguity that generalizes Bayes-optimal decision-making by combining Bayesian inference with robust decision-making under model uncertainty. Our results demonstrate the benefits of information-theoretic models of decision-making under varying degrees of ambiguity for a given context, but also demonstrate the sensitivity of ambiguity attitudes across contexts that theoretical models struggle to explain.

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Austauschgekoppelte Moden in magnetischen Vortexstrukturen

Dieterle, G.

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2016 (phdthesis)

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Density matrix calculations for the ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser pulses

Weng, Weikai

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart, 2016 (mastersthesis)

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[BibTex]

[BibTex]


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Outlook and challenges for hydrogen storage in nanoporous materials

Broom, D. P., Webb, C. J., Hurst, K. E., Parilla, P. A., Gennett, T., Brown, C. M., Zacharia, R., Tylianakis, E., Klontzas, E., Froudakis, G. E., Steriotis, T. A., Trikalitis, P. N., Anton, D. L., Hardy, B., Tamburello, D., Corgnale, C., van Hassel, B. A., Cossement, D., Chahine, R., Hirscher, M.

{Applied Physics A}, 122(3), Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Quantum sieving for separation of hydrogen isotopes using MOFs

Oh, H., Hirscher, M.

{European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry}, 2016(27):4278-4289, Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, Germany, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Direct patterning of vortex generators on a fiber tip using a focused ion beam

Vayalamkuzhi, P., Bhattacharya, S., Eigenthaler, U., Keskinbora, K., Salman, C. T., Hirscher, M., Spatz, J. P., Viswanathan, N. K.

{Optics Letters}, 41(10):2133-2136, Optical Society of America, Washington, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Two-body problem of core-region coupled magnetic vortex stacks

Hänze, M., Adolff, C. F., Velten, S., Weigand, M., Meier, G.

{Physical Review B}, 93(5), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Irreproducibility in hydrogen storage material research

Broom, D. P., Hirscher, M.

{Energy \& Environmental Science}, 9(11):3368-3380, Royal Society of Chemistry, Cambridge, UK, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Effect of surface configurations on the room-temperature magnetism of pure ZnO

Chen, Y., Wang, Z., Leineweber, A., Baier, J., Tietze, T., Phillipp, F., Schütz, G., Goering, E.

{Journal of Materials Chemistry C}, 4(19):4166-4175, Royal Society of Chemistry, London, UK, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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On the synthesis and microstructure analysis of high performance MnBi

Chen, Y., Sawatzki, S., Ener, S., Sepehri-Amin, H., Leineweber, A., Gregori, G., Qu, F., Muralidhar, S., Ohkubo, T., Hono, K., Gutfleisch, O., Kronmüller, H., Schütz, G., Goering, E.

{AIP Advances}, 6(12), 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Deep Learning for Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnostics

Balles, Lukas

Heidelberg University, 2016 (mastersthesis)

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The role of individual defects on the magnetic screening of HTSC films

Ruoß, S., Stahl, C., Weigand, M., Zahn, P., Bayer, J., Schütz, G., Albrecht, J.

{New Journal of Physics}, 18(10), IOP Publishing, Bristol, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Magnetic switching of nanoscale antidot lattices

Wiedwald, U., Gräfe, J., Lebecki, K. M., Skripnik, M., Haering, F., Schütz, G., Ziemann, P., Goering, E., Nowak, U.

{Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology}, 7, pages: 733-750, Beilstein-Institut, Frankfurt am Main, 2016 (article)

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DOI Project Page [BibTex]


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Hydrogen-based energy storage (IEA-HIA Task 32)

Buckley, C. E., Chen, P., van Hassel, B. A., Hirscher, M.

{Applied Physics A}, 122(2), Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Local domain-wall velocity engineering via tailored potential landscapes in ferromagnetic rings

Richter, K., Krone, A., Mawass, M., Krüger, B., Weigand, M., Stoll, H., Schütz, G., Kläui, M.

{Physical Review Applied}, 5(2), American Physical Society, College Park, Md. [u.a.], 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Geometric control of the magnetization reversal in antidot lattices with perpendicular magnetic anisotropy

Gräfe, J., Weigand, M., Träger, N., Schütz, G., Goering, E. J., Skripnik, M., Nowak, U., Haering, F., Ziemann, P., Wiedwald, U.

{Physical Review B}, 93(10), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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DOI Project Page Project Page [BibTex]

DOI Project Page Project Page [BibTex]


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Growth and characterizationof large weak topological insulator Bi2Tel single crystal by Bismuth self-flux method

Ryu, G., Son, K., Schütz, G.

{Journal of Crystal Growth}, 440, pages: 26-30, North-Holland, Amsterdam, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Additive interfacial chiral interaction in multilayers for stabilization of small individual skyrmions at room temperature

Moreau-Luchaire, C., Moutafis, C., Reyren, N., Sampaio, J., Vaz, C. A. F., Van Horne, N., Bouzehouane, K., Garcia, K., Deranlot, C., Warnicke, P., Wohlhüter, P., George, J.-M., Weigand, M., Raabe, J., Cros, V., Fert, A.

{Nature Nanotechnology}, 11(5):444-448, Nature Publishing Group, London, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Surface defect free growth of a spin dimer TlCuCl3 compound crystals and investigations on its optical and magnetic properties

Ryu, G., Son, K.

{Journal of Solid State Chemistry}, 237, pages: 358-363, Academic Press, Orlando, Fla., 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Physical and mathematical justification of the numerical Brillouin zone integration of the Boltzmann rate equation by Gaussian smearing

Illg, C., Haag, M., Teeny, N., Wirth, J., Fähnle, M.

{Journal of Theoretical and Applied Physics}, 10(1):1-6, Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg, Tehran, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Helium und Hydrogen Isotope Adsorption and Separation in Metal-Organic Frameworks

Zaiser, Ingrid

Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart (und Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen), 2016 (phdthesis)

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[BibTex]

[BibTex]


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Pinned orbital moments - A new contribution to magnetic anisotropy

Audehm, P., Schmidt, M., Brück, S., Tietze, T., Gräfe, J., Macke, S., Schütz, G., Goering, E.

{Scientific Reports}, 6, Nature Publishing Group, London, UK, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Comparative study of ALD SiO2 thin films for optical applications

Pfeiffer, K., Shestaeva, S., Bingel, A., Munzert, P., Ghazaryan, L., van Helvoirt, C., Kessels, W. M. M., Sanli, U. T., Grévent, C., Schütz, G., Putkonen, M., Buchanan, I., Jensen, L., Ristau, D., Tünnermann, A., Szeghalmi, A.

{Optical materials express}, 6(2):660-670, OSA, Washington, DC, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Combined first-order reversal curve and x-ray microscopy investigation of magnetization reversal mechanisms in hexagonal antidot lattices

Gräfe, J., Weigand, M., Stahl, C., Träger, N., Kopp, M., Schütz, G., Goering, E. J., Haering, F., Ziemann, P., Wiedwald, U.

{Physical Review B}, 93(1), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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DOI Project Page Project Page [BibTex]

DOI Project Page Project Page [BibTex]


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Switching probabilities of magnetic vortex core reversal studied by table top magneto optic Kerr microscopy

Dieterle, G., Gangwar, A., Gräfe, J., Noske, M., Förster, J., Woltersdorf, G., Stoll, H., Back, C. H., Schütz, G.

{Applied Physics Letters}, 108(2), American Institute of Physics, Melville, NY, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Ultrafast demagnetization after femtosecond laser pulses: Transfer of angular momentum from the electronic system to magnetoelastic spin-phonon modes

Tsatsoulis, T., Illg, C., Haag, M., Müller, B. Y., Zhang, L., Fähnle, M.

{Physical Review B}, 93(13), American Physical Society, Woodbury, NY, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Developments in the Ni-Nb-Zr amorphous alloy membranes

Sarker, S., Chandra, D., Hirscher, M., Dolan, M., Isheim, D., Wermer, J., Viano, D., Baricco, M., Udovic, T. J., Grant, D., Palumbo, O., Paolone, A., Cantelli, R.

{Applied Physics A}, 122(3), Springer-Verlag Heidelberg, Heidelberg, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Resistance to the transport of H2 through the external surface of as-made and modified silicalite-1 (MFI)

Kalantzopoulos, G. N., Policicchio, A., Maccallini, E., Krkljus, I., Ciuchi, F., Hirscher, M., Agostino, R. G., Golemme, G.

{Microporous and Mesoporous Materials}, 220, pages: 290-297, Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2016 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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Observation of pseudopartial grain boundary wetting in the NdFeB-based alloy

Straumal, B. B., Mazilkin, A. A., Protasova, S. G., Schütz, G., Straumal, A. B., Baretzky, B.

{Journal of Materials Engineering and Performance}, 25(8):3303-3309, 2016 (article)

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2015


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Scalable Robust Principal Component Analysis using Grassmann Averages

Hauberg, S., Feragen, A., Enficiaud, R., Black, M.

IEEE Trans. Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (PAMI), December 2015 (article)

Abstract
In large datasets, manual data verification is impossible, and we must expect the number of outliers to increase with data size. While principal component analysis (PCA) can reduce data size, and scalable solutions exist, it is well-known that outliers can arbitrarily corrupt the results. Unfortunately, state-of-the-art approaches for robust PCA are not scalable. We note that in a zero-mean dataset, each observation spans a one-dimensional subspace, giving a point on the Grassmann manifold. We show that the average subspace corresponds to the leading principal component for Gaussian data. We provide a simple algorithm for computing this Grassmann Average (GA), and show that the subspace estimate is less sensitive to outliers than PCA for general distributions. Because averages can be efficiently computed, we immediately gain scalability. We exploit robust averaging to formulate the Robust Grassmann Average (RGA) as a form of robust PCA. The resulting Trimmed Grassmann Average (TGA) is appropriate for computer vision because it is robust to pixel outliers. The algorithm has linear computational complexity and minimal memory requirements. We demonstrate TGA for background modeling, video restoration, and shadow removal. We show scalability by performing robust PCA on the entire Star Wars IV movie; a task beyond any current method. Source code is available online.

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preprint pdf from publisher supplemental Project Page [BibTex]


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Enzymatically active biomimetic micropropellers for the penetration of mucin gels

Walker (Schamel), D., Käsdorf, B. T., Jeong, H. H., Lieleg, O., Fischer, P.

Science Advances, 1(11):e1500501, December 2015 (article)

Abstract
In the body, mucus provides an important defense mechanism by limiting the penetration of pathogens. It is therefore also a major obstacle for the efficient delivery of particle-based drug carriers. The acidic stomach lining in particular is difficult to overcome because mucin glycoproteins form viscoelastic gels under acidic conditions. The bacterium Helicobacter pylori has developed a strategy to overcome the mucus barrier by producing the enzyme urease, which locally raises the pH and consequently liquefies the mucus. This allows the bacteria to swim through mucus and to reach the epithelial surface. We present an artificial system of reactive magnetic micropropellers that mimic this strategy to move through gastric mucin gels by making use of surface-immobilized urease. The results demonstrate the validity of this biomimetic approach to penetrate biological gels, and show that externally propelled microstructures can actively and reversibly manipulate the physical state of their surroundings, suggesting that such particles could potentially penetrate native mucus.

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link (url) DOI [BibTex]

link (url) DOI [BibTex]


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easyGWAS: An Integrated Computational Framework for Advanced Genome-Wide Association Studies

Grimm, Dominik

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, November 2015 (phdthesis)

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[BibTex]

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Quantifying changes in climate variability and extremes: Pitfalls and their overcoming

Sippel, S., Zscheischler, J., Heimann, M., Otto, F. E. L., Peters, J., Mahecha, M. D.

Geophysical Research Letters, 42(22):9990-9998, November 2015 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Diversity of sharp wave-ripple LFP signatures reveals differentiated brain-wide dynamical events

Ramirez-Villegas, J. F., Logothetis, N. K., Besserve, M.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences U.S.A, 112(46):E6379-E6387, November 2015 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Causal Discovery Beyond Conditional Independences

Sgouritsa, E.

Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen, Germany, October 2015 (phdthesis)

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link (url) [BibTex]

link (url) [BibTex]


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Gaussian Process Optimization for Self-Tuning Control

Marco, A.

Polytechnic University of Catalonia (BarcelonaTech), October 2015 (mastersthesis)

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PDF Project Page [BibTex]

PDF Project Page [BibTex]


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SMPL: A Skinned Multi-Person Linear Model

Loper, M., Mahmood, N., Romero, J., Pons-Moll, G., Black, M. J.

ACM Trans. Graphics (Proc. SIGGRAPH Asia), 34(6):248:1-248:16, ACM, New York, NY, October 2015 (article)

Abstract
We present a learned model of human body shape and pose-dependent shape variation that is more accurate than previous models and is compatible with existing graphics pipelines. Our Skinned Multi-Person Linear model (SMPL) is a skinned vertex-based model that accurately represents a wide variety of body shapes in natural human poses. The parameters of the model are learned from data including the rest pose template, blend weights, pose-dependent blend shapes, identity-dependent blend shapes, and a regressor from vertices to joint locations. Unlike previous models, the pose-dependent blend shapes are a linear function of the elements of the pose rotation matrices. This simple formulation enables training the entire model from a relatively large number of aligned 3D meshes of different people in different poses. We quantitatively evaluate variants of SMPL using linear or dual-quaternion blend skinning and show that both are more accurate than a Blend-SCAPE model trained on the same data. We also extend SMPL to realistically model dynamic soft-tissue deformations. Because it is based on blend skinning, SMPL is compatible with existing rendering engines and we make it available for research purposes.

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pdf video code/model errata DOI Project Page Project Page [BibTex]

pdf video code/model errata DOI Project Page Project Page [BibTex]


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Noise masking of White’s illusion exposes the weakness of current spatial filtering models of lightness perception

Betz, T., Shapley, R. M., Wichmann, F. A., Maertens, M.

Journal of Vision, 15(14):1-17, October 2015 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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From Points to Probability Measures: A Statistical Learning on Distributions with Kernel Mean Embedding

Muandet, K.

University of Tübingen, Germany, University of Tübingen, Germany, September 2015 (phdthesis)

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[BibTex]

[BibTex]


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Machine Learning Approaches to Image Deconvolution

Schuler, C.

University of Tübingen, Germany, University of Tübingen, Germany, September 2015 (phdthesis)

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[BibTex]

[BibTex]


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Shifts of Gamma Phase across Primary Visual Cortical Sites Reflect Dynamic Stimulus-Modulated Information Transfer

Besserve, M., Lowe, S. C., Logothetis, N. K., Schölkopf, B., Panzeri, S.

PLOS Biology, 13(9):e1002257, September 2015 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]


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The EChemPen: A Guiding Hand To Learn Electrochemical Surface Modifications

Valetaud, M., Loget, G., Roche, J., Hueken, N., Fattah, Z., Badets, V., Fontaine, O., Zigah, D.

J. of Chem. Ed., 92(10):1700-1704, September 2015 (article)

Abstract
The Electrochemical Pen (EChemPen) was developed as an attractive tool for learning electrochemistry. The fabrication, principle, and operation of the EChemPen are simple and can be easily performed by students in practical classes. It is based on a regular fountain pen principle, where the electrolytic solution is dispensed at a tip to locally modify a conductive surface by triggering a localized electrochemical reaction. Three simple model reactions were chosen to demonstrate the versatility of the EChemPen for teaching various electrochemical processes. We describe first the reversible writing/erasing of metal letters, then the electrodeposition of a black conducting polymer "ink", and finally the colorful writings that can be generated by titanium anodization and that can be controlled by the applied potential. These entertaining and didactic experiments are adapted for teaching undergraduate students that start to study electrochemistry by means of surface modification reactions.

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Semi-Supervised Interpolation in an Anticausal Learning Scenario

Janzing, D., Schölkopf, B.

Journal of Machine Learning Research, 16, pages: 1923-1948, September 2015 (article)

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link (url) [BibTex]


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Adaptive and Learning Concepts in Hydraulic Force Control

Doerr, A.

University of Stuttgart, September 2015 (mastersthesis)

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Experimental investigation of optimal adhesion of mushroomlike elastomer microfibrillar adhesives

Marvi, H., Song, S., Sitti, M.

Langmuir, 31(37):10119-10124, American Chemical Society, August 2015 (article)

Abstract
Optimal fiber designs for the maximal pull-off force have been indispensable for increasing the attachment performance of recently introduced gecko-inspired reversible micro/nanofibrillar adhesives. There are several theoretical studies on such optimal designs; however, due to the lack of three-dimensional (3D) fabrication techniques that can fabricate such optimal designs in 3D, there have not been many experimental investigations on this challenge. In this study, we benefitted from recent advances in two-photon lithography techniques to fabricate mushroomlike polyurethane elastomer fibers with different aspect ratios of tip to stalk diameter (β) and tip wedge angles (θ) to investigate the effect of these two parameters on the pull-off force. We found similar trends to those predicted theoretically. We found that β has an impact on the slope of the force-displacement curve while both β and θ play a role in the stress distribution and crack propagation. We found that these effects are coupled and the optimal set of parameters also depends on the fiber material. This is the first experimental verification of such optimal designs proposed for mushroomlike microfibers. This experimental approach could be used to evaluate a wide range of complex microstructured adhesive designs suggested in the literature and optimize them.

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DOI [BibTex]


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Dyna: A Model of Dynamic Human Shape in Motion

Pons-Moll, G., Romero, J., Mahmood, N., Black, M. J.

ACM Transactions on Graphics, (Proc. SIGGRAPH), 34(4):120:1-120:14, ACM, August 2015 (article)

Abstract
To look human, digital full-body avatars need to have soft tissue deformations like those of real people. We learn a model of soft-tissue deformations from examples using a high-resolution 4D capture system and a method that accurately registers a template mesh to sequences of 3D scans. Using over 40,000 scans of ten subjects, we learn how soft tissue motion causes mesh triangles to deform relative to a base 3D body model. Our Dyna model uses a low-dimensional linear subspace to approximate soft-tissue deformation and relates the subspace coefficients to the changing pose of the body. Dyna uses a second-order auto-regressive model that predicts soft-tissue deformations based on previous deformations, the velocity and acceleration of the body, and the angular velocities and accelerations of the limbs. Dyna also models how deformations vary with a person’s body mass index (BMI), producing different deformations for people with different shapes. Dyna realistically represents the dynamics of soft tissue for previously unseen subjects and motions. We provide tools for animators to modify the deformations and apply them to new stylized characters.

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pdf preprint video data DOI Project Page Project Page [BibTex]

pdf preprint video data DOI Project Page Project Page [BibTex]


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Testing the role of luminance edges in White’s illusion with contour adaptation

Betz, T., Shapley, R. M., Wichmann, F. A., Maertens, M.

Journal of Vision, 15(11):1-16, August 2015 (article)

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DOI [BibTex]

DOI [BibTex]


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Linking Objects to Actions: Encoding of Target Object and Grasping Strategy in Primate Ventral Premotor Cortex

Vargas-Irwin, C. E., Franquemont, L., Black, M. J., Donoghue, J. P.

Journal of Neuroscience, 35(30):10888-10897, July 2015 (article)

Abstract
Neural activity in ventral premotor cortex (PMv) has been associated with the process of matching perceived objects with the motor commands needed to grasp them. It remains unclear how PMv networks can flexibly link percepts of objects affording multiple grasp options into a final desired hand action. Here, we use a relational encoding approach to track the functional state of PMv neuronal ensembles in macaque monkeys through the process of passive viewing, grip planning, and grasping movement execution. We used objects affording multiple possible grip strategies. The task included separate instructed delay periods for object presentation and grip instruction. This approach allowed us to distinguish responses elicited by the visual presentation of the objects from those associated with selecting a given motor plan for grasping. We show that PMv continuously incorporates information related to object shape and grip strategy as it becomes available, revealing a transition from a set of ensemble states initially most closely related to objects, to a new set of ensemble patterns reflecting unique object-grip combinations. These results suggest that PMv dynamically combines percepts, gradually navigating toward activity patterns associated with specific volitional actions, rather than directly mapping perceptual object properties onto categorical grip representations. Our results support the idea that PMv is part of a network that dynamically computes motor plans from perceptual information. Significance Statement: The present work demonstrates that the activity of groups of neurons in primate ventral premotor cortex reflects information related to visually presented objects, as well as the motor strategy used to grasp them, linking individual objects to multiple possible grips. PMv could provide useful control signals for neuroprosthetic assistive devices designed to interact with objects in a flexible way.

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publisher link DOI Project Page [BibTex]

publisher link DOI Project Page [BibTex]


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pH-taxis of biohybrid microsystems

Zhuang, J., Carlsen, R. W., Sitti, M.

Scientific reports, 5, Nature Publishing Group, June 2015 (article)

Abstract
The last decade has seen an increasing number of studies developing bacteria and other cell-integrated biohybrid microsystems. However, the highly stochastic motion of these microsystems severely limits their potential use. Here, we present a method that exploits the pH sensing of flagellated bacteria to realize robust drift control of multi-bacteria propelled microrobots. Under three specifically configured pH gradients, we demonstrate that the microrobots exhibit both unidirectional and bidirectional pH-tactic behaviors, which are also observed in free-swimming bacteria. From trajectory analysis, we find that the swimming direction and speed biases are two major factors that contribute to their tactic drift motion. The motion analysis of microrobots also sheds light on the propulsion dynamics of the flagellated bacteria as bioactuators. It is expected that similar driving mechanisms are shared among pH-taxis, chemotaxis, and thermotaxis. By identifying the mechanism that drives the tactic behavior of bacteria-propelled microsystems, this study opens up an avenue towards improving the control of biohybrid microsystems. Furthermore, assuming that it is possible to tune the preferred pH of bioactuators by genetic engineering, these biohybrid microsystems could potentially be applied to sense the pH gradient induced by cancerous cells in stagnant fluids inside human body and realize targeted drug delivery.

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DOI Project Page [BibTex]

DOI Project Page [BibTex]